Honest Mistake: Order A TV From Amazon, Receive An Illegal Assault Rifle

from the might-have-been-a-mistake dept

With guns and violence in the news lately, you would think that everyone involved in the chain of the firearms business would be a teensy-weensy bit more careful, from manufacturers, to retailers, all the way up to those handling the shipping and distribution. As with any other business, you have to expect to deal with some human error, but one would imagine that the firearms industry would have the tightest of controls in place right now.

As it turns out, such notions are exactly that: imagination. Or, at least that appears to be the case in the Wired story of a man from Washington D.C. who ordered a television on Amazon and was shipped a Sig Sauer 716 Patrol Rifle. For anyone keeping score at home, that's a military grade weapon. Seth Horvitz, the guy who is guilty of attempted TV-buying, is not a military grade citizen.
“When I saw some metal parts inside the box, I thought, ‘Maybe this is a TV stand or mount or something,’” Horvitz said in a phone interview with Wired. “When I realized it was an assault rifle, it was pure shock and disbelief.”
The Wired interviewer chooses not to ask Horvitz if he attempted to point the weapon at his wall and pull the trigger to see if flat-panel televisions shot out, which is disappointing. In any case, Horvitz did the responsible thing and immediately called the D.C. police, who informed him that the weapon is illegal to own in the District of Columbia. There is no word yet on whether flat-panel displays are also illegal, but I'm guessing not. 

The story then details how the mistake happened, which essentially appears to boil down to a lovely bit of insight into the shipping warehouses of UPS, in which the Label Fairy made a mistake and put two shipping labels (only one of which was correct) on the box-'o-death and allowed the box to be shipped anyway. Everyone from the guy who let it leave the warehouse to the guy who delivered the rifle to Horvitz's door apparently decided to play the new hit game "Shipping Address Coin Flip", resulting in Horvitz getting his new Rambo Halloween costume accessory. Amazon, predictably, disavowed any responsibility for the mistake, which it's looking like it has every right to do. On the other hand, when Horvitz tried to post a review of his purchase, Amazon blocked it. Admittedly, the review was hillarious, and guns and funny just don't mix:

I'm not sure what pretending all this didn't happen accomplishes from Amazon's end, other than to perhaps flip open the cover to the Streisand Effect alarm, press it, and wait for the derision to ensue.



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    weneedhelp (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 10:51am

    I would have shut my mouth

    and kept it.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 10:54am

    Have to wonder

    Did sales of that TV spike after this got out?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 10:54am

    At least he was not arrested

    From what I have read about how things are currently on the USA, I would not be surprised if he were arrested for receiving an illegal item, even if it was not his fault. Was pleasantly surprised reading the article that the police was polite and did not arrest him.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 10:55am

    I'm sorry. You aren't Mike Masnick, and are therefore not allowed to use the term "Streisand Effect."

     

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    Vog (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 10:56am

    I have to wonder if Amazon will see a jump in their TV sales as a result of this.

    I mean, look, there's now a non-zero chance you could get an assault rifle. One trip to Tor later, you could be swimming in Bitcoins. And in the event that doesn't happen, you still have a TV.

     

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    Vog (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 10:56am

    Re: Have to wonder

    Dang, looks like you beat me to it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:00am

    the rifle itself is not illegal to own. To transfer custody from one owner (have it be a person, gun store, etc) the firearm has to be transferred through federally licensed dealers and is highly regulated. It is the method shipping/delivery that would make it a federal crime.

     

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    Glen, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:03am

    Was the rifle 1080p and 120 Hz? If not, he has a right to be pissed.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:03am

    Re:

    My understanding is that assualt rifles like this are actually illegal to own in the District of Columbia...

     

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    Chris ODonnell (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:08am

    Owning that rifle in DC is almost certainly illegal. Owning anything more lethal than a cap gun is illegal in DC. He is probably lucky he wasn't arrested when he called it in.

     

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    Andrew LeCody, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:08am

    Not An Assault Rifle

    The rifle in question is NOT classified as an assault rifle[1], as it has no selective fire[2] capability.

    The Sig 716 is a typical .308 Winchester (also known as 7.62x51 NATO) semi-automatic rifle, based off of the popular AR-10 platform.

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_rifle
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_fire

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:11am

    Iran is placing orders for thousands as we speak.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:16am

    Re: At least he was not arrested

    Wouldn't stand up in court, if it even got that far.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:17am

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    That law, if challenged, would be immediately overturned. That is the reason why the DC people don't try that shit anymore and just do a little 'I don't see anything!' when something like this comes up.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:18am

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    It's also not an assault rifle. A+ sensationalist journalism here from Geigner.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:19am

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    No... they just make it REALLY hard to go through the process and get the license.

     

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    mischab1, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:19am

    I'm guessing that Amazon's spam filter blocked the review because about half of it is a link, not because of what happened.

    My question is, if this mix-up happened with the shipper, what happened to the TV?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:22am

    Calling the Streisand Effect on Amazon seems a misfire here. It was UPS's mistake, not Amazon's.

     

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    John Doe, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:23am

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    I have to disagree. This is what most people would refer to as an assault rifle. As a gun owner and defender of the 2nd amendment, I would call this an assault rifle too. In fact, I am going to order two Sigs, er TVs, right now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:23am

    1) It's not an assault rifle.

    2) What do you mean "military-grade weapon?" What makes it "military-grade?" The fact that it doesn't fall apart when you fire it?

    If you were going for overblown sensationalism here, you really nailed it. So long, techdirt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:24am

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    No. This is what most people refer to as an "assault weapon" when they want to make it sound scary. It was a civvy version of the Sig 716 - semi-auto only.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:25am

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    Meh, so by strict definition it's an assault WEAPON, not an assualt RIFLE, because it's only semi-auto. Forgive me for not looking up its action specs prior to writing the piece based on a story in which everyone calls it an AR.

    Any other meaningless quips?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:27am

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    "Assault weapon" is a phrase invented by the Brady campaign to scare people into joining their side of that issue. No more, no less. It's a semi-automatic rifle.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:30am

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    "2) What do you mean "military-grade weapon?" What makes it "military-grade?" The fact that it doesn't fall apart when you fire it?"

    Um, no, I mean that the manufacturer refers to it as Mil-spec and Mil-STD throughout its description and specs.

    http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDetails/sig716-patrol-rifle.aspx

    Wow, you gun folks take such minor things seriously. You did note, I hope, that at no point did I take a position for or against gun ownership here?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:30am

    This may classify as a carbine and not even a rifle, I'd have kept quiet and added it to my collection.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:32am

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    JD, he's actually correct. Technically any assault rifle needs to be full-auto for the term to apply. This is what is commonly referred to as an assault WEAPON, which has more to do with asthetics than performance or specs.

    On the other hand, given that I didn't take a pro or anti gun stance in this article, sounds like a bunch of butthurt over nothing....

     

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    Zos (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:32am

    I hate to be the one to point this out...

    Your lead in makes it sound like this was a screw up by the gunseller somewhere.

    but the rest of the story (and the version i saw on boing boing two days ago) make it pretty obvious that this was a garden variety shipping mix up, and that is was UPS's fault. GUn was supposed to be headed to Penn, where it would have been perfectly legal.


    so yeah, the lead in felt like you had an agenda that you were trying to push at the expense of the story.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:33am

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    Logically speaking, if it's an assault weapon AND a rifle, then it really should be called an assault-class rifle.

     

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    Zos (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:33am

    edit- might have been wired not boing boing, my mistake

     

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    Edison Franklin, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:34am

    Did anyone else think...

    Send lawyers, guns and funny

     

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    Beta (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:34am

    life imitates art imitating dada

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:36am

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    It is a rifle (tech a carbine). "Assault" means nothing, I can assault you with a grapefruit spoon does that make it an assault weapon?

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:37am

    Re: I hate to be the one to point this out...

    "so yeah, the lead in felt like you had an agenda that you were trying to push at the expense of the story."

    Wow, really!?!?! I went out of my way to say mention only that everyone involved in the process would have been thought to be even more vigilant than they already were. Christ, I can't see how the lead in blames gun owners at all?

    And, by the way, I should mention that I'm a 2nd amendment supporter as well. Well, actually, I can't believe that I have to mention that since this piece was written to be a-political....

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:37am

    Re: Re: Have to wonder

    True, but there's now a non-zero chance you could get an assault rifle is a better line.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:38am

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    You can invent whatever word/phrase you want for a rifle to make it sound scary. Brady campaign pulled it off with "assault weapon," after all. Which is really just a collection of aesthetics, but let's not let that get in the way of some good FUD. This thing's no more dangerous (and really not very different, operationally speaking) than a Ruger Mini-14, and I don't think anyone here would be ready to call the Mini-14 an "assult-class rifle."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:38am

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    My assault spoon has a shoulder thing that goes up.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:39am

    Re: Re:

    >You did note, I hope, that at no point did I take a position for or against gun ownership here?

    Aside from perpetuating the FUD, that is.

     

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    Beta (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:40am

    it's like "theft" vs. "infringement"

    I think gun folks are touchy about such trivial distinctions because a) they've seen a lot of their fellows sent to prison on the basis of such trivial distinctions, and b) they've heard a lot of ill-informed and consequential public discourse built up on sloppy language and bad terminology (much of it deliberate).

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:41am

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    Meh, whatever. If you really think I had some agenda here despite what I've put in the comments, you'll never be convinced, so I won't waste my time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:45am

    "Sig sauer 716"

    What a sweet gun, I would have kept it. As has been pointed out already this was NOT a military grade weapon in any sense of the word, just a sandard semi-auto ar15.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:46am

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    I'm not saying you have an agenda. I'm saying it was a poorly-researched article full of FUD.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:47am

    "Military grade weapon?"
    In AZ you could buy one from your buddy without even a background check. And it doesn't even go full auto.

    Though this story is pretty funny, I'm tired of hearing every black weapon referred to as an 'assault'-something or a 'military'-something.

    People who around guns get irritated at references like this because they're tired of people who know nothing about firearms responding emotionally to stupid.

    Not that I mean to suggest that the weapon isn't suitable for some sort of military use. It quite possibly is.

    But so are many hunting rifles. Even excluding the bubba guns.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:47am

    Re:

    "As has been pointed out already this was NOT a military grade weapon in any sense of the word"

    Then why does the gun manufacturer refer to it as Mil-Spec?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:47am

    Re: it's like "theft" vs. "infringement"

    I think you've hit the nail on the head here.

     

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    ike, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:48am

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    It's not meaningless because it's the basis of incorrect claims in the article that it's military grade and can't legally owned by an ordinary citizen.

     

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    varagix, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:49am

    Re:

    Having once worked at an Amazon warehouse, and currently working for another company in their warehouse, I'm fairly certain that it's probably sitting in UPS. Assuming someone didn't just walk out with it.

    Though I have to wonder how this happened... Amazon prints its own packages labels, at least where I worked. Best I can figure, someone down the line damaged the label to the point a new one needed to be placed by UPS (for sorting machines to scan at each stop), and the person responsible slapped it on the wrong case.

     

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    Jason Still (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:49am

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    I think what we gun folks often take issue with is the same issue many of us here have with the copyright debate: specific words have specific meanings, and misusing them, even unintentionally, only serves to muddy the waters and make it harder to have meaningful discussion. Much like copyright infringement is not theft, the firearm this guy received is not an assault rifle. You definitely did better than the cNet article, where it was referred to as a "high definition murder weapon", and I can't fault you for not knowing the specifics when that detail wasn't that important to the point. However, I think we can both agree that it makes sense to point out such mistakes to people so that they have the facts going forward.

    As for the "military-grade" part, just some info for anyone who might be curious why that might matter to non-crazy people purchasing firearms: if I'm going to drop $1000+ for a gun, I want to be sure that it is high quality and will last (especially when I'm bad about keeping it clean). The fact that something meets the standards of the military and may even be pretty much the same firearm our men and women trust their lives with every day speaks a lot to the quality of the gun. Arguments about *actual* quality and reliability of said weapons are a matter for discussion somewhere other than TechDirt. :P

     

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    Get off my cyber-lawn! (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:50am

    Concealed Flat Panel Permit?

    So do I have to rush down to the courthouse & apply for one of these just in case UPS delivers that rocket propelled grenade launcher I ordered from Barnes & Noble?

     

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    Beta (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:50am

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    So that's how you defend yourself against an assailant armed with a banana...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:51am

    Re: life imitates art imitating dada

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:53am

    Re:

    Though this story is pretty funny, I'm tired of hearing every black weapon referred to as an 'assault'-something or a 'military'-something.

    Then, as Tim noted above, maybe the manufacturers should stop doing it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:54am

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    That refers to the receiver being mill-spec, able to accept barrels and parts designed for military m16 or civilian ar15. The trigger group is the part of the gun that would make it a full-auto, hence military/let only weapon. This one has the civilian trigger group on it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:55am

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    All that means, essentially, is that it's "built Ford tough," as it were.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:56am

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    "Mil-spec" != "assault"

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:00pm

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    Jason, I understand the point that language matters, believe me. Which is why I think in the comments I was pretty clear that I trusted Wired to have the distinction correct and didn't look up the action spec on the weapon as I wrote this up. Ultimately it wasn't meaningful to the article, but as someone who hates equating theft and infringement, I understand the argument completely and acknowledged my mistake.

    I'm not sure what more there is to be said about it at this point....

     

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    varagix, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:08pm

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    Quick look at the description and specs, "Mil-spec" refers to the type of trigger: http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=11405/learn/

    and Mil-STD is referring to the railings, which are used to attach accessories like scopes and dot sites.

    It doesn't have to do with the gun itself, just a few select aspects, having little to do with whether its a military rifle or not.

    Also, to the other gun rights people on this blog, please, if you want to make a point, at least try to be calm, rational, and informative.

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:10pm

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    Don't all weapons fall into the "assault" category? That's what they're designed to do, whether they're knives, guns, tasers, or whatever.

     

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    Jason Still (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:11pm

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    By the time I read the article, the comments it had when the page loaded, and got my comment typed and submitted, things had already gotten a little out of hand.

    Unfortunately, many of my compatriots get fired up enough about this stuff that they jump immediately to the "hey douchenozzle, get your facts straight you idiot!" phase and skip the "oh hey, you might not know this, and I just want to make sure you have all the facts" phase. Its understandable (again, that cNet headline was just too intentionally ignorant and incendiary) but regrettable. Just as with the IP law debates, I think we'd all be better off if all sides approached things in a more polite, respectful, logic, and truthful manner.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:14pm

    Re: Re: At least he was not arrested

    That's not much consolation given how shitty things can get immediately after the arrest and how long it can take not to stand up. It really does come down to if the police are polite enough not to arrest you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:15pm

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    >Unfortunately, many of my compatriots get fired up enough about this stuff that they jump immediately to the "hey douchenozzle, get your facts straight you idiot!"

    Count me among them. Today, at least. It's easy enough to overreact when I see it so often done on purpose, I guess.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:16pm

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    In my experience, all 'Mil-Spec' means is that the probability of some nit-wit covering it in a billion pieces of anti-zombie lights/lasers/grips/rails then making a YouTube video uploaded under the name (noun)Sl4r(digits) is > 99%

    *Bonus points for including a scope the size of a Pringles can picked up for $90 bucks on eBay*

    **Triple score if it also is shot in a bedroom with a sports motif bedspread or wallpaper*

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:16pm

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    You mean the DC cops?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:18pm

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    The desire for journalistic integrity and accuracy is absolutely dripping from your article and comments. The misinformation repeated in this slight-remanufacture of someone else's poorly researched article seems like exactly the thing most of the articles and comments on this site tend to focus on. The "Meh"ing is just unbelievable.

    You just reworded someone else's almost-fact-free article and dumped it here. What were you expecting? A "mil-spec" commendation and lauding in the comments?

    About Mil-Spec.. I won't bore you with the details about the difference between a mil-spec AR15 clone and a weapon that is intended and ready for use in the armed services since you clearly don't give a shit about the actual subject, you're just trying to cash in on the publicity surrounding it.

     

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    greenpuma (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:20pm

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    I'm a little nervous to chime in because it's getting a little rough in here, but mil spec isn't just the trigger. Bottom line is that if buy a 'mil spec' part it should fit with little or no effort with all of the other mil spec parts. Just an effort to standardize so they can buy parts from any manufacturer.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Don't you think you're getting overly caught up on the phrasing in an article that's actually about getting shipped a gun when you ordered a TV? Fully automatic vs. semi-automatic seems like minutia in that scenario.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:26pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It's akin to an article about torrents that constantly refers to "copyright infringement" as "digital theft."

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:26pm

    Re:

    *SIGH*
    Really? That all you got?
    The troll quality is really really poor since SOPA died.

    boB! Show this amateur how its done please.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:26pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    *bows*

    You, sir, are a master of the art of being opportunistically offended. I commend you.

    Meh.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:30pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    What you seem to be saying here is "fuck the readers that want journalistic integrity; I'm doing things my way." That about sum it up?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:34pm

    Flat Panel TV Kit

    He probably accidentally ordered a DIY kit.

    Step 1: get rifle

    Step 2: find someone with a tv

    and so on until you have a flat panel tv on your wall.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The gun-huggers love their definitions. They're not silencers, they're suppressors. So this is not an Assault Rifle but a Battle Rifle. It can fire a military load cartridge. Doesn't matter semi or full auto capability. So most hunting rifles can fall into the category. Even bolt action, for the sniper classification.

     

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    Jesse (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:35pm

    Re: At least he was not arrested

    https://xkcd.com/325/

    "Instead of office chair, package contained bobcat."

    "Would not buy again."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You know, I read the comment section starting at the top and, having read more now than I did when I first posted, I really wish I could retract it. It is a bigger deal than I gave it credit for and your observation is more than fair.

     

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    J Rock, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:36pm

    What A Waste

    I think this guy was a gunaphobic.

     

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    Jason Still (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:40pm

    Re: What A Waste

    FYI, hoplophobe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoplophobe) is the term often used. And yeah, it does seem that way based on several articles I've read.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:41pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Oh master of the artillery. Tim was just reporting on the article:
    Man Orders TV Through Amazon, Gets Assault Rifle.

    So to blame Tim for not knowing is asinine. Not everyone has in depth knowledge of firearms.

    Just because it is not fully automatic and switchable has nothing to do with the average Joe's perception. It looks like a duck.

    Either its semantics so you can be an ass toward Tim.
    2 outta 10.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:41pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "seems like exactly the thing most of the articles and comments on this site tend to focus on."

    This right here is what's known as arguing from a specific case to the general case aka a hasty generalization.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:42pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Close. I'll fix it for you.

    "Fuck you and your definition of journalistic integrity; I'm doing things my way."

    Glad we could clear that up.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:42pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Its semantics so you can be an ass toward Tim.

    Scratch either.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I don't think producing an article loaded with FUD that you don't understand constitutes "journalistic integrity" even under the loosest definition of the phrase.

    If your definition of journalistic integrity does allow for such things, I regret to inform you that you have none. Though this is becoming painfully obvious anyway.

     

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    r. walden, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:46pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Mill spec just means the specs the military has for something. As a buyer for a government contractor, I often buy Mil spec components and these components have nothing to with weapons or weapon systems. It is just the way the military ensures that the component they get is consistent in quality, form, fit and function.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I don't think producing an article loaded with FUD that you don't understand constitutes "journalistic integrity" even under the loosest definition of the phrase.

    If your definition of journalistic integrity does allow for such things, I regret to inform you that you have none. Though this is becoming painfully obvious anyway.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I don't think producing an article loaded with FUD that you don't understand constitutes "journalistic integrity" even under the loosest definition of the phrase.

    If your definition of journalistic integrity does allow for such things, I regret to inform you that you have none. Though this is becoming painfully obvious anyway.

    But let's not let silly things like "facts" and "accuracy" get in the way of sensationalism.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:51pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Mil-spec" != "assault"

    That's why I was talking about his "military-something" comment. Good try though.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:56pm

    Re: Re: it's like "theft" vs. "infringement"

    Then rather than being a fucking asshole with insults, why didnt you try to let TD know their error?

    Because ya know, they NEVER update articles when corrected. /s

    Who the fuck cares except gun nuts? I have quite a few myself.

    To my fellow TD community. An assault rifle is classified by having 5 distinctive features:
    1) Must be able to be fired from the shoulder
    2) Must have the ability to switch from fully automatic to semi
    3) It has more power than a handgun but less than a standard rifle.
    4) Its ammo must come from a magazine that is removable
    5) Should have a range of 1000 ft.


    There asshole see how easy that was?

    It is mean and scary and can kill a hole bunch of shit quickly.

    Semantics.
    Silly gun nut.

     

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    Joshua Bardwell (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:57pm

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    Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times yes. "Assault rifle" has a very specific definition, one quality of which is that the weapon is select-fire. "Assault weapon" is a bullshit made-up term, that anti-gunners created in order to confuse the public and conflate regular, semi-automatic rifles with true, military-grade assault rifles. And it worked. The analogy to "IP theft" and "copyright infringement" is 100% on the mark.

    Also, to the author: this is not a "military grade" weapon because it is not select-fire. It is functionally equivalent to your apocryphal father's deer rifle.

     

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    Joshua Bardwell (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You're so dumb, you don't even know how dumb you are. "Military load cartridge"? What does that even mean? The intermediate cartridges fired by infantry in modern armies are smaller, less powerful, and have less range than the typical cartridges used for hunting deer.

     

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    RD, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Re:

    "Um, no, I mean that the manufacturer refers to it as Mil-spec and Mil-STD throughout its description and specs."

    But DH, EVERY single gun manufacturer touts theirs as being "mil spec." Whomever is making an issue of that is blowing that terminology use way out of proportion.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:59pm

    Re:

    I'm sorry, I was looking for techdirt but I must have accidentally type in shippingdirt.com.
    This story doesn't belong here. Amazon did nothing wrong. Perhaps they could have posted an addendum to the review but it was not Amazon's problem.

     

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    Joshua Bardwell (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I don't think you had an agenda. I think you ignorantly parroted FUD created by people who have an agenda. EXACTLY like when a journalist says, "copyright theft" or confuses trademark law with copyright with patent. And these things DO matter, no matter how trivial they might seem to those on the outside of the issue. So guns isn't your issue. Fine. Surely you can understand the parallels though.

     

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    Joshua Bardwell (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Whoops. Looks like I'm behind the times. You corrected. Nevermind...

     

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    Joshua Bardwell (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:04pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Mil-spec has a specific meaning. The author translated that to "military grade" which does not.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:06pm

    Re:

    What do you mean "military-grade weapon?" What makes it "military-grade?"


    I'm just guessing here, but I assume that something is "military grade" when it is built to whatever specifications the military has set.

    I don't know guns, but I know integrated circuits, and you can buy "military grade" ICs, meaning just that. As it happens, military grade ICs are hardier, have a wider acceptable temperature range and can withstand rough handling (vibration & impact) a lot better. They also cost 2-3 times more than consumer grade.

     

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    Todd, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:06pm

    5 Stars

    He should've given it 5 stars in his review. It might not have gotten deleted then.

     

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    JM, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:09pm

    Assault TV

    First, the Sig 716 is not an assault rifle, since it lacks full-auto capability. Second, in places where the 2A is actually followed, it's legal. It may be a black rifle, and therefore scary (to the uneducated), but it's really no different, in the larger sense, than any other .30 hunting rifle, which is the kind of cartridge millions of people use on hunting trips every year. Just because the media likes FUD, doesn't mean you have to fall for it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:09pm

    Everyone stop for a second and... breath!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:11pm

    This article is sensationalist garbage and a joke. This journalist is a joke. There is nothing illegal whatsoever about the sporting rifle in the article. It is not even an assault rifle.

     

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    boB, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:11pm

    Re: Re:

    Something something big search, pirate apologist. Conspiracy theory, rant, something something.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:12pm

    Re: Flat Panel TV Kit

    Atleast he didn't take the weapon and go to UPS looking for his tv.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:13pm

    Jesus Christ

    I wish UPS had shipped the guy a handgun so I could have all the time these comments took up back....

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:13pm

    Re: Re: I hate to be the one to point this out...

    I am greatly amused by these nitpicky attacks on you, particularly since nothing about the article is an attack on gun ownership. The vehement comments are exhibiting exactly the kind of behavior that makes the pro-gun crowd look awful.

    Personally, I'm ambivalent about gun ownership in general, but I admit to getting nervous about these particular people being in possession of them.

     

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    Vidiot (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:14pm

    Side view

    Quick glance at the product thumbnail next to that Amazon review image... profile view of the TV looks more than a little like a weapon. Wondered how he got that image into the review. (D'oh!)

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I don't think producing an article loaded with FUD


    Whaaa? Where's the FUD? I don't see anything in the article that generates fear, uncertainty, or doubt about anything except, perhaps, UPS's ability to correctly track packages.

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    except, perhaps, UPS's ability to correctly track packages.

    As if that's a surprise to anyone.

     

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    Trails (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:21pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I have this nagging suspicion your heart isn't in it...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:21pm

    I haven't read Amazon's ToS for posting reviews, but my guess is that the review may have been blocked automatically for containing a URL.
    OTOH, one would think that the block would have happened almost immediately if that were the case.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:25pm

    Re:

    After looking at the screenshot again, it's apparent that the review WAS rejected immediately. It was never posted. Again, most likely because of the URL, not because Amazon tried to censor it.

     

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    ChimpObama McBinLadenBurton, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:28pm

    Funny Girl

    I deride Amazon for their pressing of the Streisand Effect alarm button.

     

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    Lurk-a-lot (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I'm not saying you don't have a point. I'm saying you're being a dick about it.

    Hey! I see how that works now - I might try that a little more in future.

     

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    ShellMG, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:41pm

    Re: Re: What A Waste

    It probably wasn't the gun he feared, but what DC law enforcement would DO to him if he didn't handle the situation perfectly. As the Fox article said, he couldn't transport it in his car OR return it to the supplier without getting wampum big trouble.

    I think that's why the picture shows him holding up the receipt with the wrong address and the fact the gun was still in it's packaging.

     

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    Argonel (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:54pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Actually mil-spec mostly means that there is most likely a pile of paper in a warehouse somewhere detailing the each step of the manufacturing process with someone's signature on it. When the pile of paper exceeds the weight of the part it may be ready to ship.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:29pm

    Re: Jesus Christ

    Lol. Don't think you can get away with even the slightest of inaccuracies in a post about handguns either. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about all types of weapons. As both a frequent purveyor of TD and a lover of weaponry I would be forced to call you out on it. Unlike some others I do recognize and appreciate that you didn't go the crazy anti-gun route, but I think many people who don't know much about guns could read your article and assume, based on the language you chose to use, that you were talking about a full-auto weapon. That's what I think pissed a lot of people off.

     

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    Curmudgeon, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:31pm

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    Indeed, just about every pub to review this story has called it an assault rifle. Wired even put it in the damn URL.

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/08/tv-amazon-assault-rifle/
    http://www.myfoxdc.com/st ory/19221052/dc-man-orders-television-online-receives-rifle-instead

    So beating up on the author for "sensationalism" here is unjustified.

    While we're flagging everyone's mistakes, however, this was fulfilled by a third party e-commerce vendor, so Amazon never took title of the object. Blaming Amazon is worse than blaming the Postal Service for what you get in the mail, because at least your mailman handles the letter.

     

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    dustin, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:33pm

    do some research

    This article is horribly researched and full of innacuracies. If you are going to write about guns and gun laws, look into them before you lose a reader.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You don't see how equating an "illegal assault rifle" to something that's legal to own and functionally identical to any other civilian rifle is FUD?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Mil-spec has a specific meaning. Your point continues to not exist.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:36pm

    wow

    I hate everyone who is not Mike that posts here.

    "box-'o-death"

    Could he be any more bias?

     

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    Anonymous, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:41pm

    Military grade citizen?

    What exactly is a "military grade citizen"? Someone willing to kill, torture, and rape in the service of his imperialistic government? Someone who is willing to invade a smaller, weaker country and kill its men, women, and children, and expect to be called brave and treated like a hero for doing so?

     

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    Curmudgeon, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:42pm

    Re: What A Waste

    Personally, I'd be -phobic of having an unlicensed article whose possession DCMPD considers a felony. I really don't think that's unreasonable.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:45pm

    Re: Jesus Christ

    What does Jesus Christ have to do with this?

     

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    Curmudgeon, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:47pm

    Re: Re: Jesus Christ

    It's odd, because no one went postal (ahem) on Fox News, or DCist.com, or Wired, when they all referred to this object (which clearly only fires nerf darts) as a military grade assault rifle.

     

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    Curmudgeon, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Source?

     

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    Curmudgeon, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 2:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I don't see how reporting that the guy possessed a rifle that DCMPD said was illegal to possess as an "illegal assault rifle" perpetuates any more FUD than the word "assault," which has been adequately covered above.

    He had not license. The designated law enforcement authorities said it was illegal. It was a rifle. "Illegal rifle" is not FUD. Those are facts. "Assault" might have been FUD, but then you should be vomiting all over the comments sections of all the other media who called it an assault rifle too.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:08pm

    Pay Back

    One is not allowed to posses such a weapon. One is not allowed to mail such a weapon. How does one return it to Amazon? How does one get their money back or the TV?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:12pm

    Re: At least he was not arrested

    I do not know why everyone thinks the police are out to get you...of course they didn't arrest the guy! He did the RIGHT thing by calling the police and explaining his situation.

     

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    Gimmer, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Do you even know what the AR stands for in AR-15? Doubtful. You don't seem like the intellectually curious type.

     

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    Gimmer, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:25pm

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    Ok, that was over the line. Nevermind.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:37pm

    Re:

    I'm throwing you a bone of kindness troll.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

     

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    nasch (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You don't see how equating an "illegal assault rifle" to something that's legal to own and functionally identical to any other civilian rifle is FUD?

    Do you see that inaccurately referring to the weapon as an assault rifle is about as relevant to the subject of the story as if he'd incorrectly described it as black when it's actually gray? The point of the story isn't that the Sig Sauer 716 is an assault rifle. The point is it was supposed to be a TV.

     

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    Wally, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:50pm

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    Time for me to end the debate. An "Assult Weapon" is classified under US law as a rifle or submachingun that carries the features of an "Assult Rifle" except they are semi-automatic or burst round shots.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_rifle

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:52pm

    Re: do some research

    What? You mean there is no Label Fairy?

     

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    droslovinia, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    That's good to know. So, back in WWII, when the Germans came out with the Sturmgewehr-44, did they call it the "lollipop gun?" What's the term for an AK-47? "Friend-maker?" A little political bias is to be expected, but claiming that the term was made up for some political purpose veers right on off into "insipid."

     

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    Rekrul, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:56pm

    Re: At least he was not arrested

    I was actually surprised that the police contacted the guy who was supposed to receive the rifle and told him that he could come and pick it up. I expected to read that they would have it destroyed.

     

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    Droslovinia, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 3:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    But what if they have a pointed stick?

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 4:01pm

    Re:

    I can only think the only reason he was not arrested was because he did the right thing and called it in. He proved a there was gaffe in the mailing process.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 4:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: Jesus Christ

    Are you kidding? Just read the comments on any of those anti-gun articles that went up recently. The authors and publications are getting flamed out of existence for posting that rubbish. I'm glad this place doesn't push the anti-gun agenda, and that's not what I was accusing the author of doing. I was merely pointing out the error of describing this weapon as "military grade weapon."

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 4:07pm

    Re: Re:

    You raise a good point. As a frequent user of Amazon, I have had absolutely no shipping issues. So we know the seller wasn't the issue, but I think it is safe to say the gaffe smells absolutely rank of a UPS stuffing in the process.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 4:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Pleaese re-read the article several times over and stop hassling the Techdirt staff.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 4:58pm

    I pointed this out above, but in case anyone missed it, the Streisand Effect does not apply to this situation. As much as I hate to agree with the the trolling crowd, I'm afraid Mr. Geigner jumped the shark with the Streiand Effect remark.

    Seth's review was NOT censored by Amazon. It was rejected before it was even posted. No one at Amazon ever read his review. Therefore there was no deliberate attempt to hide it. It was automatically flagged and rejected for containing a URL.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 6:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    My appologies to all if I was rash in any way during this article. I tried to stay on task but it bugs me when people become trolls and point out a simple clerickle error. Even I can get sucked in -_- and I profusely apologize to you Other Jason and Dark Helmut.

    Here is my chance to be polite and respectful:

    I want to add that anything sold as military grade is simply that. ASUS makes a motherboard that is military spec/grade. The fact that a weapon is military grade as Other Jason clearly stated. The fact that it is military standards are accepted in this weapon is quite amazing it's availible at all for sale in my eyes (I'm from rural Central Ohio). To me it makes no difference in wording or terminology to me, that debate is for the trolls.

    My only real thoughts to this WHOLE situation is that I'm thanking God this weapon did not arrive in the hands of a psycho.

    As I mentioned before, I avidly use Amazon. I have never had any incident unless it was UPS's or the seller's fault. I think that this is the single biggest gaffe in UPS shipping I have ever seen. Furthermore, UPS has not yet commented on the error. I hope that UPS is at least reprimanded and if found ultimately responsible for the misshap, will own up to it and investigate the matter thoroughly.

     

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    Wally (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 6:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: I hate to be the one to point this out...

    Just adding the fact I'm also very amazed that the nitpicky people failed to grasp the problem at hand. Instead of seeing a bunch of comments about a shipping gaffe by UPS, I see bunch of people debating the wording used. I do admit i got sucked in. But then I thoroughly read the article and looked at the link you gave. I began to understand the conundrum the poor fellow was in.

    In all, I thought it was well reported.

     

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    Wally, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 7:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The wording doesn't matter. The point of the bleeding article, you obtuse stupid little troll, is that it was mistakenly shipped. Word terminology doesn't matter so I will break my promise (no thanks to you asshole) means absolutely shite when you look at the article. Let me break it down for you nice and easy.

    Article:
    Guy orders TV off of Amazon.

    Guy gets small package with his address and the gun maker's address on TWO different labels.

    Guy innocently assembles object inside thinking its a wall mount which turns out to be a gun. An illegal one where he lives.

    Guy does right thing and calls police to get it taken away with no harm no fowl.

    Majority of Comments
    1. Differences in terminology used in article by Dark Helmut.
    2. What constitutes illegal and legal gun ownership.
    3. Trolls being nitpicky about the article.


    Can anyone tell me what a large majority of us missed here (including me even)?

    Now you see the real issue, please shut up.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 7:36pm

    I wonder which tv i'd have to buy to get a SIG50

     

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    JMT (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 9:36pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Let me guess, it's actually a "sporting rifle". Y'know, for sport...

     

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    JMT (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 9:57pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "About Mil-Spec.. I won't bore you with the details about the difference between a mil-spec AR15 clone and a weapon that is intended and ready for use in the armed services..."

    Actually, instead of acting like an asshole, why don't you contribute something useful and bore us with exactly those details, because some of us do give a shit about the facts and would much rather have an informed debate.

    Personally I doubt there's as much difference between a mil-spec AR15 clone and a weapon that is intended and ready for use in the armed services as you imply, beyond the lack of full-auto capability, so here's your chance to educate us all.

     

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    JMT (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 9:58pm

    Re:

    Can you list the sports it's used in?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    If the typical deer hunting rifle is the magnaum category, the winmags, rums or the darling of the party lapua, you are correct. But they are making their way in with the new Barret and Cheytac. Are you surprised that an industry that supplies equipment to the military will market to civilians with as little tool change as possible? What sense does it make to harden and temper different bolts to work in the same rifle?

    Don't get you panties in a twist when you harp about using the correct term.

     

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    Violated (profile), Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:57pm

    Missing a TV

    This was clearly UPS's fault who did a shit job that badly changed the labels. Both Amazon and this 3rd party seller are fully innocent when they never handled or shipped this assault rifle.

    I only find it sad that the receiver did not keep his mouth shut when no one would have known he received it. He could then have sold this rifle on to someone who could lawfully use it for up to $1500. As his lost TV only cost $300 then he would have been $1200 richer.

    Still I doubt that would be lawful when while you can lawfully keep items sellers send you by mistake, clearly in this case this package was addressed to another, and it only ended up at his address due to a courier mistake. So in the end he did do the lawfully correct thing even if he missed that $1200 profit.

    I can only wonder if this rifle will ever arrive at the correct address when the Police want this store owner to travel across half the country to collect it. They should ideally have slapped around UPS for losing two packages and to have them fix it.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 10th, 2012 @ 4:14am

    So that's what they call 3D eh? Maybe this specific TV was specifically built to display 3D movies containing army/tactical footage?

    And of course Amazon had to suppress his comment, he's a terrorist after all, ordering assault rifles and all that.

     

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    Zilberfrid (profile), Aug 10th, 2012 @ 4:23am

    A lot of right things to do were done.

    Someone receives a package containing something illegal for him to have, he calls the police. (I, for one, would not risk keeping the thing as well)
    Police arrives, does not charge the one who called.
    Receiver is dissatisfied with the product, and posts a negative review.
    Amazon does not allow links in reviews, so does not post it.

    The fuck-up is at UPS, in essence, they should be charged for "tampering with the post" because it is an awesome charge (yeah, of course, criminal negligence or illegal carrying could be charged, but "tampering with the post" is more accurate and sounds better).

    For the most part, the correct procedures were followed, and the results thus are not very bad.

     

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    Niall (profile), Aug 10th, 2012 @ 6:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    FIFY:

    State Department: Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times yes. "Fisson bomb" has a very specific definition, one quality of which is that the weapon uses nuclear fission. "Atomic bomb" is a bullshit made-up term, that anti-nukers and commie librul atheist OWS hipsters created in order to confuse the public and conflate regular, fission bombs with true, military-grade fusion bombs. And it worked. The analogy to "IP theft" and "copyright infringement" is 100% on the mark.

    Also, to the author: this is not a "military grade" weapon because it is not fusionable. It is functionally equivalent to your historical government's Hiroshima-grade bomb.

     

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    Niall (profile), Aug 10th, 2012 @ 6:14am

    Well, it's really instructive seeing how a relatively gun-neutral article in a primarily American media environment manages to bring out the pro-gun nuts (as opposed to regular gun-owners), the labelling nazis (becaue whether or not this thing fires spuds, bullets or nukes automatically, semi-automatically or singly is irrelevant to the story) and manages to generate a whole load more unnecessary comments than most articles of general import. Most of which are really off-topic, which is that just after a big gun-related 'disaster' someone gets a gun through the post instead of some totally unrelated product, and with zero checks on himself.

    Sheesh, talk about compensating!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 6:46am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It's as relevant as referring to copyright infringement as "theft" in stories about how the music industry is dying. Choose your poison.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 6:47am

    Re: Re:

    Uh...shooting. Not like that's in the olympics or anything. Oh, wait...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 6:49am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Nice. Pick on the typo. Nice and safe. Not like politically motivated groups can invent words and phrases and use them to affect the political process, right?

     

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    nasch (profile), Aug 10th, 2012 @ 7:36am

    Re: Missing a TV

    I only find it sad that the receiver did not keep his mouth shut when no one would have known he received it.

    Do you find it sad when people don't cheat on their taxes even though they could get away with it?

     

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    nasch (profile), Aug 10th, 2012 @ 7:39am

    Re: A lot of right things to do were done.

    The fuck-up is at UPS, in essence, they should be charged for "tampering with the post" because it is an awesome charge (yeah, of course, criminal negligence or illegal carrying could be charged, but "tampering with the post" is more accurate and sounds better).

    Is that a UK crime? I'm thinking so since we don't call it "the post" in the US, we call it "the mail". At any rate, UPS is a private delivery company, so they could not be charged with any crime for messing up their delivery services (unless there is some gun-specific law they violated).

     

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    nasch (profile), Aug 10th, 2012 @ 7:41am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It's as relevant as referring to copyright infringement as "theft" in stories about how the music industry is dying.

    I see, so you completely missed the point of the story. Despite having it explained repeatedly.

     

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    Jesse (profile), Aug 10th, 2012 @ 8:03am

    Re: Re: At least he was not arrested

    Tell that to all the people facing charges or arrest after reporting that they stumbled upon child porn.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 8:34am

    Re: Re: Re: At least he was not arrested

    You're right, the police in the U.S. will likely stomp on your head and knee you, etc... Just look at the Anaheim riots (and footage from it of police assaulting perfectly detained people for no good reason) and listen to what they allegedly did to Kim Dotcom (and it wouldn't surprise me if they did, especially given how their language when questioned about their use of force against him is very elusive). By the time the police receive any punishment, if they receive any punishment, from the courts they would have retired and the punishment will be nothing more than a slap on the wrist. It's not even worth pursuing here. But don't you dare lift a finger on a police officer here, the courts will be all over you with all sorts of sanctions. The double standard here is sickening.

    Like the first comment said, you're probably better off keeping it and saying nothing, or simply shipping it back (at their expense) or reselling it.

    Or, make sure you are not at the premises while the weapon is being confiscated and ensure you have live cameras streaming over the Internet for all to see in the event the police come and wreck your house (with uninterrupted power supplies in case they cut the power? But what if they cut the Internet? It's not beyond our corrupt police force to confiscate or destroy any footage you store on site. Maybe a wifi-signal to your neighbors, assuming you have a good relationship with them?). It's unbelievable that, if this were in the U.S., we would have to take all this nonsense into account.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 8:37am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: At least he was not arrested

    (well, this was in Washington D.C., which I guess does make it surprising)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 8:50am

    Re: Re: At least he was not arrested

    Watch the rightful recipient turn out to be a terrorist.

    "Do you want any bombs to go with that rifle?"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 10:18am

    Quick! EVERYONE start buying TV's from AMAZON.

    I am with the sensible - If I got that, well, I would have first hit Google to make sure it was not something cheap, and then kept it. In fact, I shot television out of my life after 9/11, the lies surrounding that story DID IT FOR ME.

    So yeah, I'd rather have the gun.

     

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    Rangefinder, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 10:23am

    Wake up morons

    First of all, pull your collective heads out of the sand. This was a STAGED EVENT by the left-wing Libtard agenda. You CANNOT buy firearms on Amazon. They do NOT handle, sell, distribute, or ship complete firearms that require FFL licensing. Accessories, yes. Firearms, NO. Wake up people---this is a BS political media move to strike the whiny nerve of stupid people who can't think for themselves and realize what is or is NOT possible. Libtard socialists--go home, shut up, and pull your heads out of the Disney-like fantasy you all live in.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 11:47am

    Re: Re: I hate to be the one to point this out...

    "As with any other business, you have to expect to deal with some human error, but one would imagine that the firearms industry* would have the tightest of controls in place right now."

    "Your lead in makes it sound like this was a screw up by the gunseller* somewhere."

    "Christ, I can't see how the lead in blames gun owners* at all?"
    *words count. lol


    Out of their hands once shipped.
    Firearms would have to be hand delivered from factory for them to tighten control.


    You have to admit though, the side view of the tv looks like it could be an assault weapon!

     

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    Military Grady, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 12:41pm

    One Step Closer

    It sure seems like this is just another step in someone's agenda to further along that federal firearms registration..

     

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    Definitely Not Neutral, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 12:59pm

    Re:

    Yes, it sounds like you are quite qualified to distinguish between pro-gun nuts and regular gun owners. Lets face it, there are powerful forces at work that want to strip all gun owners of their right to be a gun owner. You can't make a comment, attempting to make yourself neutral with such a monumental issue as rightful gun ownership by responsible American citizens. You'll get everyone fired up.

     

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    Free to make this assessment, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 1:08pm

    Re: Military grade citizen?

    What starship did you just climb off of. We are on planet earth here. There are cowardous factions alive and well threatening the peace on this planet 24/7. Countering there dispicable cowardly merciless acts has become a neccessary evil. Don't be such a coward.

     

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    Just a thought, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 1:18pm

    Re: Missing a TV

    You don't consider for a second that the tv went to the gun purchaser? Any half-witted investigation would have sent the ATF, FBI, DHS, CIA and we all know who else reeling to the doorstep of this receiver of the rifle, don't you think? Life isn't so simple sometimes. Sure, who couldn't use $1200.00 for lyposuction, but this is a bit tricky. (I just made up the lyposuction part)

     

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    Don't Do It, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 1:33pm

    Re: Re: Flat Panel TV Kit

    That thought apparently never crossed his mind, like it did yours..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 2:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Guns are to nuclear weapons as mp3s are to cars. That is to say, not at all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 2:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Techdirt staff wouldn't be getting hassled if they'd bother to research shit instead of copy/pasting inflammatory and misleading articles from elsewhere.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 2:45pm

    Re: Re: Military grade citizen?

    "There are cowardous factions alive and well threatening the peace on this planet 24/7". Indeed there are, and one of them is the U.S. government.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2012 @ 7:39pm

    Re: Wake up morons

    I don't think you know what libertarian means if you think they're for gun control.

     

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    JMT (profile), Aug 10th, 2012 @ 8:03pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    They use Sig Sauer 716's in the Olympics? I think not...

     

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    Rangefinder, Aug 11th, 2012 @ 12:47am

    Re: Re: Wake up morons

    First, READ. I said LIBERAL, not Libertarian. ;) Second... Well, just go with the first and we'll see if anything else surfaces.

     

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    Rangefinder, Aug 11th, 2012 @ 12:53am

    Re: Re: Wake up morons

    Actually, I suppose I did say "Libtard"---so I guess I can see your misinterpretation. Point being, there is a vast difference between the two, as I'm sure you would point out if I hadn't already. Libtard=Liberal, as in "oh, it's all the evil black guns' fault our sparkly world has violence..." and other such left-coast delusional behavior. And pencils are responsible for bad spelling.

     

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    nasch (profile), Aug 11th, 2012 @ 12:21pm

    Re: Wake up morons

    This was a STAGED EVENT by the left-wing Libtard agenda. You CANNOT buy firearms on Amazon.

    Did you read some other article? Because I didn't see anyone mentioning buying firearms on Amazon.

     

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    Wally, Aug 11th, 2012 @ 6:24pm

    Re: Wake up morons

    "They do NOT handle, sell, distribute, or ship complete firearms that require FFL licensing. Accessories, yes. Firearms, NO."

    Did you even read the article? NO.

    Did you see that it had a UPS SHIPPING LABEL for the gun with the return address from gun shop from Pennsylvania?? NO.

    Did you see the report was talking about how dangerous the situation is that UPS fucked up the the shipping? NO.

    Did you assume that this article was political instead of reading the subject header? YES.

    Are you a big huge idiot who has no basis for your opinion? HELL YES.

    Does this make you a devient troll? NO. But you did fail to grasp certain concepts of reading and comprehensive study pertains to the article.

    There was no real need to explode or rant like that so maybe it's wrong of me to assume you're NOT a troll.

    That folks is the danger of assumption.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2013 @ 7:31pm

    It's the UPS what can brown do for you Logistics fuck up, nothing to do with amazon or the dealer.

     

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